Montreal, Canada: Today the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees confirmed the appointments of three community-selected trustees including the reappointment of María Sefidari and Dariusz Jemielniak, both current Board members, and James Heilman, former Trustee. The Board also reappointed as Chair, Christophe Henner, and Vice Chair, María Sefidari, to lead the Board. The announcement was made at Wikimania 2017 in Montreal, the annual Wikimedia gathering celebrating Wikipedia, its sister projects, and the Wikimedia volunteer community.
The Wikimedia Foundation’s Board of Trustees oversees the Wikimedia Foundation and its work, and serves as the organization’s ultimate corporate authority. The three appointed trustees, all of whom currently serve or have served on the Foundation’s Board, were selected by the international community of volunteers who create and develop Wikipedia and its sister projects.
The three open Board seats were filled through an on-wiki election process in which individual Wikimedia volunteers submit their candidacy and the broader Wikimedia volunteer community offers support to their preferred candidates. Wikimedia community members participated in the election process online in May 2017, during which more than 5,100 people voted from more than 170 individual project wikis.
As community-selected Trustees, María Sefidari, Dariusz Jemielniak, and James Heilman will each serve a three year term. As incoming Chair and Vice Chair, Christophe Henner and María Sefidari will serve as officers for one year terms. This will mark the second consecutive term as Chair and Vice Chair for both Henner and Sefidari, respectively.
María Sefidari began contributing to the Wikimedia projects in 2006 and has since served in several roles across the Wikimedia movement. She was a founding member of Wikimedia España and Wikimujeres Grupo de Usuarias, and she also helped create Spanish Wikipedia’s LGBT Wikiproject. She has served on several Foundation governance committees, including the Affiliations and Individual Engagement Grants committees. María is a professor in the Digital Communications, Culture and Citizenship Master’s degree program of Rey Juan Carlos University at the MediaLab-Prado in Madrid, Spain. She has previously served on the Board from August 2013 to July 2015, and most recently joined the Board once again in January 2016. She has been selected for a second term which will conclude at Wikimania 2020.
Dariusz Jemielniak has held a variety of roles on Wikimedia projects, including administrator, bureaucrat, checkuser, steward and ombudsman. He served as the chair of the Wikimedia community’s Funds Dissemination Committee for three terms and is the author of “Common knowledge?: An Ethnography of Wikipedia.” Dariusz is a full professor of Management, the head of the Center for Research on Organizations and Workplaces, and a co-founder of the New Research on Digital Societies (NeRDS) group at Kozminski University. Dariusz has been re-appointed for a second term as a Trustee after first joining the Board in July 2015.
James Heilman, M.D., has helped to found both Wikimedia Canada and WikiProject Med Foundation. As an emergency physician in Cranbrook, British Columbia, and a faculty member of emergency medicine at the University of British Columbia, James is an active member of the medical community on Wikimedia projects. James has also been involved in establishing collaborations with several organizations, including Translators Without Borders and the World Health Organization, to improve Wikimedia’s coverage of medical content. James previously served on the Board of Trustees from July to December 2015.
Christophe Henner has been a leader within the Wikimedia community for more than 12 years. Prior to joining the Foundation Board in 2016, he served as Board Chair of Wikimedia France, and had been a member of the chapter’s Board since 2007. During this time, he spent nearly three years in Vice Chair and Chair positions. Christophe is currently the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Blade Group, a cloud computing company headquartered in France. At Blade, Christophe is scaling up operations to support the company’s transition from a start-up to a global company.
The Wikimedia Foundation and Board of Trustees are pleased to announce the appointed Trustees, Chair, and Vice Chair, who collectively bring many years of service and commitment to the Wikimedia community and mission.
Other seats on the Board include one seat for Wikipedia’s founder Jimmy Wales, two seats selected by Wikimedia affiliate organizations, and four seats appointed by the Board for specific expertise and other needs.
Terms for the community-selected Trustees start today, August 10th, 2017, and will continue for three years. The newly appointed members join Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Chair Christophe Henner, and Board members Kelly Battles, Nataliia Tymkiv, and Alice Wiegand.
The Wikimedia Foundation Board was formed in 2003. Today, the Board consists of up to ten Trustees. Its work is captured in part in resolutions and votes. It appoints four officers: a Chairand Vice Chair, and a Treasurer and Secretary. Other work is delegated to its committees, including Board Governance, Audit, and Human Resources committees.
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